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Lecture-Concert Series presents clarinetist Marian Liebowitz

January 8, 2008 -
- Clarinetist Marian Liebowitz will be the featured performer in theClarinetist Marian Liebowitz will present "Jewish Friends and Neighbors" at ASU.ninth event of Arkansas State University’s 2007-2008 Lecture-Concert Series. Liebowitz will present a concert, “Jewish Friends and Neighbors,” on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

Dr. Marian Liebowitz has emerged as one of California's leading wind soloists since winning the U.S. State Department/Kennedy Center 1997 Artistic Ambassador Competition. Her critically acclaimed tours to Latin America have taken her from Guatemala to Chile---including a special invitation as U.S. representative to El Salvador's Third Annual Peace Festival. She also, along with pianist Richard Thompson, conducted a brief concert tour, “Border Crossings,” presented in Buenos Aires and La Plata, Argentina, and sponsored by the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires. Available as a soloist with orchestra or band, or as a recitalist with pianist Richard Thompson, her 28 years as an educator put her at ease in any outreach setting.

Dr. Liebowitz is a professor of music in the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University, where she teaches studio clarinet and serves as an undergraduate advisor in music. Since 1992, she has served as director of the Adams Project at SDSU, a professional training program she created to offer business training to performance students. The project now assists soloists and small ensembles in music and dance, providing opportunity for students to perform professionally throughout California and most recently, in Costa Rica.

Dr. Liebowitz’ seminar “Professional Orientation for Performers” specifically addresses the skills needed to support a performing career, and her workshops are especially engaging for students and arts administrators at all levels. The title of one workshop is “Careers in Music: What are the Chances?” Other workshops include “Business of Music for Performers: Getting Started,” “Taking Your Show on the Road,” and “Your Continuing Education.”

In addition to her work as an educator, Dr. Liebowitz, who holds a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, a master of arts from Smith College, and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Southern California, is former principal clarinetist of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. She is former executive director of and clarinetist for the Arioso Wind Quintet, with whom she recorded three compact discs on the Koch International label and with whom she toured the U.S.

Dr. Liebowitz will be accompanied by gifted classical and jazz pianist Richard Thompson. Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, Thompson made his debut at the Purcell Room in London's Royal Festival Hall. A former faculty member of the Brooklyn Conservatory, Thompson is currently associate professor of music at San Diego State University. He earned his undergraduate degree in music at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, his master's degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and a jazz diploma at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308 or via e-mail at, or visit

The Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural life of the campus, community, and region. All Lecture-Concert Series events are free and open to the public.

Jewish Friends and Neighbors
Marian Liebowitz, clarinet, and Richard Thompson, piano

Three Hebraic Pictures in the Klezmer Tradition                                     arr. Bellison
Hebrew Dance                                                                                        Boris Levenson, 1884-1947
Grandmother’s Tales                                                                               Jacob Weinberg, 1879-1956
The Maypole                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Deep Ellum Nights- Dark and Smoky                                                       Simon Sargon,
b. 1938
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano                                                              Joseph Horovitz, b. 1926
Allegretto calmato

Lento, quasi andante
Con brio


Three Songs Without Words                                                                   Paul Ben-Haim, 1897-1984
Sephardic Melody

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano                                                                 Leonard Bernstein, 1918-1990
Adantino-Vivace e leggiero                                                 

Gershwin!                                                                                                George Gershwin, 1898-1937(Fascinatin’ Rhythm, Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm)                           arr. Frank Bennett


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